North East Family Dentistry

FAQs: Children's Dental Care

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The team at North East Family Dentistry want to provide you and your family with as much information you need to help you in making decisions about your oral health.  Below are common questions we receive in our office, but please contact us today if you have more questions.  We're happy to help!   

Children's Dental Care

Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur.  You can prevent decay by reducing the bacteria in your babies mouth and by avoiding sugary liquids in the bottle.   

To help reduce the bacteria in your babies mouth, try not to share your saliva with your baby through licking the feeding spoons or pacifiers.  After each feeding. wipe your child's gums with a clean damp washcloth.  Place only formula, milk or breast milk in bottles.  Avoid filling the bottle with sugar water, juice or soft drinks.  Infants should finish their bedtime and nap time bottles before going to bed.  Don't dip your babies pacifier in sugar or honey. 

Your child's baby teeth hold a space for their permanent teeth which will grow in later. If the baby teeth are lost or damaged early this could result in the loss of space which could cause tooth crowding and/or displacement of the permanent ones.

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